Elijah's Yarra Valley Cycling Challenge

$780 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 18 people in 41 months
Philippa Rowlands  Croydon South, VIC
Come along for the ride.

Follow the preparations, live through every pedal push, cheer through every hill climb and empathize with every weary muscle. Your participation will not only help a young man fulfill his dream, but help to inspire young people everywhere to get fit, get healthy and get out and about in their local communities.

Let me tell you a story about Elijah, a motivated fifteen-year-old student who is looking to make a difference, even as he aspires to take up an opportunity for himself.

Elijah has a serious passion for cycling. He will be competing in the State Championships later this month. He loves the challenge of training and freedom of cycling on the open road.

Earlier this year he was given the opportunity of a lifetime that would not only fulfill his dream to ride in Europe, but give him the chance to live and go to school there as well. He has been accepted for a Rotary Exchange Scholarship to Italy next year. But there is a small problem.

He needs to raise the money for the trip. This did not deter him, but motivated him to combine his talents and passions to create something that would not only help to support his trip, but also inspire and motivate other young people.

Elijah has created Elijah's Yarra Valley Cycling Challenge. A one day 180km bike ride that includes some incredible climbs. This is not a known ride. This is not a route taken by other organized cycling tours. This will be the first time this unique 115 mile (180km) ride has been the attempted in one day. This is inspiring.

Elijah sees the ride not just as a way to raise money for his trip, but as as an opportunity to inspire youth to get fit and healthy and "get off the couch and out of their bedrooms and find something that they love to do." He believes the publicity generated by doing this ride will help to inspire youth to set themselves challenges and take up opportunities.

"So many kids just sit around and do nothing and expect the world to come to them. I want to show them that you have to make an effort to make a difference and connect with the community if you want things to happen. You have to set a goal and then work towards what you want."

Elijah also wants to promote the work of Rotary, as well as active and safe participation in cycling and at the same time showcase the Yarra Valley, which has become his favorite training ground.

Elijah inspires me every day with his determination. He is passionate about cycling and he is willing to ride his heart out to get to Italy in 2014.

Come along for the ride.

Follow his preparations, become part of something inspiring. Join Elijah's virtual cheer squad and help him spread his message and help him take up this wonderful opportunity.

"Thank you for supporting me. I am grateful."
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Posted by Philippa Rowlands
36 months ago
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$780 of $7,000 goal

Raised by 18 people in 41 months
Created July 19, 2013
MT
$30
Mark Trofimiuk
36 months ago
$50
Anonymous
36 months ago
MC
$50
Mark Carrington
36 months ago

Good luck for the challenge and have a blast in Italy

GR
$50
Graham Rowlands
36 months ago

Good luck, Elijah. Love, Graham, Anthea, Cooper and Jude

$20
Anonymous
36 months ago
SO
$10
Sean O'Reilly
36 months ago
$40
Anonymous
36 months ago
LM
$50
Llew Mann
36 months ago

Good luck!

CG
$40
Christa Gallopoulos
36 months ago

You are inspiring!

$20
Dawniel Winningham
37 months ago

Best of Luck Elijah!

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